The American Dream in The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise

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Frances Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24th, 1896 in St. Paul Minnesota and died of a heart attack in an apartment in Hollywood on December 21st, 1940. Throughout his career, Fitzgerald wrote many works, traveled the world, and served in the United States Army. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote mostly short stories but became famous because of his novel This Side of Paradise and became even more famous because of The Great Gatsby which was released in 1925. The time period in which Fitzgerald lived played an extensive role in his work. Fitzgerald is one of the all time greatest American authors solely of the fact that his works displayed “The American Dream.” This brings up an excellent question: What was or what is “The American Dream”? …show more content…
His father was an English poet and writer who grew up in Norfolk, England. His mother, Mollie McQuillan was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. The two were married in February 1890 and later had four children, Frances Key being one of them. When the young Fitzgerald was just twelve years of age, he attended St. Paul Academy, a nonsectarian school (Reuben). While he was there, he began to fall in love with literature; he even became a literacy apprentice. “During his time as an apprentice Scott published his very first book titled: The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage” (Reuben). He was accepted into Princeton University in 1913. While at Princeton he joined extra curricular organizations such as the newspaper and theatre club. In 1917 Fitzgerald was put on academic probation because he wasn’t meeting the academic standards. He discontinued his time at Princeton and enlisted in the United States army as a second lieutenant at Fort Leavenworth and began to write his novel The Romantic Egotist later (Shmoop Editorial Team) to be published as This Side of Paradise. During his time at Princeton, Fitzgerald had a passion for literature and was constantly writing. He also wrote plays for Princeton. Frances Key Scott Fitzgerald developed a love for literature. In fact, the young boy would write whenever he could. Frances later left St. Paul Academy and enrolled at Newman, a boarding
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